• #IndependentPublishing,  Publishing,  Self-Publishing,  Uncategorized

    Understanding Your Publishing Options

    by Joanna Maciejewska Being a writer might mean that, at some point, you’ll be thinking of showing your work to the world. It might mean sharing it with a friend or family. But if you’ve been editing it for what feels like ages, if you’ve gotten feedback of beta-readers and critique partners… You might be considering having your work published. This is when, before you make any other decision, understanding your publishing options comes into play. Understanding your publishing options If you don’t know where to start, trying to figure out publishing industry might be confusing. There are many good articles on the subject, but sometimes it’s hard to find…

  • #IndependentPublishing,  Author Profile,  Publishing,  Self-Publishing

    Why This Self-Published Author Loves Traditional Publishing

    by Jane Steen, 10 Minute Novelist, self-published author I self-published my first novel in 2012, and since then I’ve published two more full-length novels and a short story. Despite the attitude of some writers (and, alas, some readers) that self-publishing is a second-best solution, I couldn’t be happier. I love the flexibility and freedom to write what I like. I relish my control over my rights and decision-making. I love getting my income monthly. In short, I’m the happy sort of self-publisher who’s not the least bit interested in getting a traditional publishing deal or being represented by an agent. I have self-published and I’m glad I did.  And yet,…

  • #EthicalAuthor,  Discipline,  Self-Publishing

    Top 10 Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Author Ethics (With Taylor Swift & Zombie References!)

    Writers today have dreams of instant success and fame! And because the idea of easy publishing is so tempting, we rush into it with  no idea what we should do to promote ourselves. Often our goal is just to gain any advantage we can in an increasingly competitive market. We may feel “creativity” in marketing trumps courteous behavior. We may suggest trading reviews with another author, not realizing this behavior could weaken our credibility. We may be so distracted by the elusive promise of financial success that we neglect to nurture our art. Or we may attach our pursuit of fame so tightly to our own identities that we can’t…

  • #IndependentPublishing,  Self-Publishing

    What I’ve Learned As A Self Published Author

     This summer marks my third year as an independent author. And I’ve learned a lot about it over the last three years. In November of 2012, my first manuscript was finished and for the first time, I was curious about what it would take to self-publish my  novel, Falling For Your Madness. It changed my life! First of all, this was a life long dream now coming to pass, but other than that I learned some very interesting and surprising things too! Word of mouth is everything! The success of my first novel was solely based on how my readers embraced it and shared it with others. I started out…

  • #IndependentPublishing,  Publishing,  Self-Publishing

    Learning From The Independent Publishing Experience: A Guest Post By Jude Knight

    What have you learned from this experience? The headline is a quote from the man I adore: “What have you learned from this experience?” (Not, incidentally, what you want to hear when you’ve just bumped your toe or broken your heart. But I love you, darling.) Six months ago last month, I published my first historical romance, a novella. I’ve since published a novel, am about to publish another one, and will have another novel and a novella out by my 1st anniversary as an independent publisher. I still have a great deal to learn, but here are my top five lessons from this first venture into the wild and…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Marketing,  Self-Publishing

    Help: I Have To Market My Book! : A Guest Post By Robin Patchen

    My third book released a couple of weeks ago, ushering me into the most dreaded activity of this writer’s life: marketing. I hate it, and for good reason. When somebody asks me what my book is about, I start talking like a Valley Girl who’s inhaled too much hairspray. “So like there’s this girl…like lady, right? And she’s like scared of this guy she knew from before…’cause see, when she was a teenager…” Shocking I don’t sell more copies by hand. I don’t do much better in print. But mostly, I hate marketing because I have to ask for help. Writers have to ask for endorsements, influencers, reviews, and shares.…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Self-Publishing

    We’ve Been Here Before! Self-Publishing and Webcomics! A Guest Post By Tyler Omichinski

    I want you to take your mind back for a moment to the heady days of the early to mid, and heck even the later, aughts. It was before the recession that seems to go on forever, or is already done, depending who you talk to.  There was also a shift going on in the world of comics. During this time the people at Half Pixel (Scott Kurtz, Dave Kellet, Kristopher Straub, and Brad Guigar) were hosting a podcast where they talked about webcomics and this “fancy new thing” of publishing direct to the web. They talked about not being recognized at the major awards, publishers and others being unable…

  • Marketing,  Self-Publishing,  Social Media,  Twitter

    Three Things You’re Telling The World When You Attempt A Hard Sell

    Why Is Marketing Such A Dirty Word For Writers? If you’ve met a writer of nearly any kind of book, you’ve probably met someone who loves the idea of sitting alone at their desk, hiding from the world, creating their lush stories with only their cat for company. You’ve probably met someone who is nervous in crowds, has trouble presenting themselves at all and would absolutely die if they had to “promote” or “market” their stories in any way. It’s bad enough that these poor writers have to leave their laptops and solitary existences and venture out into daylight, but to have them become salesmen? It’s enough to make them want to…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  #SellingMySoul,  Marketing,  Publishing,  Self Talk,  Self-Publishing

    Top 10 Signs You Aren’t Ready To Market Your Book

        For the last two-ish years, I’ve had books to sell. I’ve learned a lot about, but certainly not everything, about marketing. I’ve made plenty of mistakes. I think a good marketing author is always prepared to talk about their books, but timing is everything. You may not be ready to market. These are the top 10 signs you need to put your marketing plan on hold for a little while. 1. Your book may not be that good. Do not assume that because you got it on paper that it deserves to have readers. If you have put shoddy work on the marketplace you are being disrespectful of…

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Self-Publishing

    Why You Need To Practice Writing Long Before You Publish

    It’s really too bad that we don’t have a Quality Control Department for the written word. And Amazon Reviews, sadly, aren’t enough.  Writing is cheap — anyone can type out a sentence — and because of this cheapness, many people may not think that it’s worth much. Anyone and their dog can publish a book,  so the general public can easily accept shoddy workmanship. Perhaps because I can, with a click of button,  download hundreds of free books, I may have lost my respect for the carefully crafted story. Easy accessibility does not encourage the practice of good craftsmanship.   Craftsmanship is never helped when stupid phrases like “there are…

  • Marketing,  Self-Publishing

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Links That Demonstrate Your Self-Published Book Looks Cheap & Amateurish

    In our series on Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself, we didn’t have time to discuss the importance of good design in your self published works. If you went to all the trouble of editing and proofreading, of character development and plot, you should put just as much care into your book’s first impression. 1. First, take a look at these covers listed on BuzzFeed and make some notes: Things That Make Designers Cringe  2. This informative post shows exactly why somethings work and some things don’t.  Habits of Bad Graphic Designers 3. And everybody needs example of what not to do. Lousy Book Covers website!  4. Just…

  • #EthicalAuthor,  Author Profile,  Interviews With Authors,  Self-Publishing

    Author Spotlight: Meet Jane Steen

    10 Minute Novelists is a community of writers from all over the world. Twice a month, we feature one of our writers. Today? It’s Jane Steen, author of House of Closed Doors and champion of Author Ethics. Welcome Jane! 1. How did the topic of ethics for authors become an interest of yours? It just started out as an observation that there were quite a few authors out there behaving unprofessionally. I’ve been active on Goodreads as a reader for years, and I could see wave after wave of shock run around the community because an author had plagiarized another author’s work, or had attacked a reviewer in the comments thread,…

  • Inspiration,  Motivation,  Self-Publishing

    The Absolutely True Story Of How I Landed My First Book Deal, Got An Agent & Saw My Dreams Come True

    This is the unbelievably true account of how I got my agent, Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, who was my first choice of agents in the publishing industry. It’s one of those luck favors the prepared stories, one of those freak of nature stories that can’t be duplicated and will not exactly inspire hope into the un-agented masses. I got my agent without writing a query letter, without pitching and without attending a conference. I didn’t resort to mind control, threatening letters or voodoo. I didn’t sent a box of candy. It just happened.  To this day, I’m not exactly sure how everything worked together so well, but it did. Some of the details here…

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Self-Publishing,  Work-In-Progress

    What To Do After You Write “THE END” by Guest Blogger Keisha Page

    You’ve Just Finished Your First Book! Now What? You’ve written your manuscript, and now you’re a little unsure about the next steps. No matter if you’re wanting to submit the manuscript to a publisher, participate in something like #PitMad or #PitchWars on Twitter, or go the indie publishing route, you should spend the next few weeks going over and polishing your manuscript.  But you should take it nice and slow. Baby steps. The first thing that you need to do is take a moment and realize what an amazing thing you’ve done. You’ve finished a manuscript. That, in and of itself, is an accomplishment. On my hard drive, and faithfully…